I love the energy and excitement brought forth by a new start.
January 1st, is one of my favorite times to pause, reflect and start new.
With the start of this new year, I am continuing with my quest to be as clean, green and natural as possible, both inside and out. Instead of beginning each day with a breakfast meal, I've started drinking breakfast smoothies.
I like smoothies. There are so many different varieties. I've been drinking them for breakfast on and off since college. Smoothies are a great way to squeeze in extra nutrients. They're easy to transport for days when you need a quick breakfast on the go and they're pretty darn delicious. Smoothies, pretty much rock in my opinion, which is why I'm so excited to share this particular recipe. This particular vegetarian friendly smoothie goes above and beyond as far as nutrients, minerals and taste are concerned.
Wait- a vegetarian friendly smoothie? What are you talking about? Aren't all smoothies vegetarian?!?
Good point my perceptive reader, and to answer that, yes- usually. Your typical smoothie does not call for meat (although I have seen recipes that call for bacon).
What makes this smoothie stand out, aside from the fact that it tastes like a chocolate milkshake, is the fact that it provides a super boost of both protein and iron, nutrients that can be lacking in a vegetarian diet. Hence the title- The Perfect Smoothie for Vegetarians!
Thanks to the following cast of power players:
Blackstrap molasses- iron, minerals, calcium
Chia- omega 3's, antioxidants, calcium
Cocoa powder- antioxidants
Almond butter- protein
Almond milk- protein
Baobab powder- antioxidants, iron, vitamin C
This smoothie is quite literally the perfect smoothie for vegetarians!
So here's what you need:
4 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
2 tablespoons chia seed
1 cup chopped kale
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
4 tablespoons almond butter
2 cups almond milk
1 tablespoon baobob powder
The directions are simple. Combine the ingredients in a blender and press blend.
The result is a deliciously hearty iron rich, chocolatey, protein rich, get your day started right -breakfast smoothie.
This recipe makes two 8 ounce servings, which means share it with someone you love. In fact it's very child friendly. My four year old drinks it like a treat and my one year old eats it from a bowl like cereal.
Little do they know that mommy is stuffing them full of the nutrients that tend to be absent from our vegetarian and soy-free diet.
And that makes me do a happy dance...
Do you drink smoothies? What do you like to put in your breakfast smoothies?